Holidays in April
Public holidays are a great excuse for travel. The month of April is home to some annual public holidays, and many other special events. Depending on when Easter falls, Australia celebrates Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday with public holidays. This year, why not mix up your Easter routine and plan a family getaway? With a holiday rental, you can celebrate with a traditional feast all while getting away from home.
Why Travel in April?
The month of April is in the middle of autumn in Australia, with temperatures generally in the 20 – 30 degree range. For many travellers, these temperatures are pleasant for everything from beach getaways to mountain excursions to scenic drives with the windows open. Holy Week celebrations also give families some extra time off school to plan a holiday and escape the hustle bustle of city life.
The big public holiday of April is Anzac Day, celebrated each year on April 25. This day of commemoration includes a variety of services and memorials, including the laying of wreaths and parades. This national day of remembrance in both Australia and New Zealand recognizes the members of the army of both countries that served in wars. A traditional dawn service is a special, unforgettable experience to attend. The heart of national celebrations is found in Canberra at the Australian War Memorial. Celebrations are also held across the country in both cities and smaller towns.
Along with the public holidays that come with holy week, there are also several annual events that occur throughout the country. One of the most popular is the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. This event features carnival rides, parades, fireworks, and more. Beyond Sydney, another annual event is the Eastern Roots and Blues Festival held in Byron Bay on Easter weekend. Small towns are also known for holding Easter activities, especially family-friendly events such as Easter egg hunts.
End of Daylight Savings Time
Another thing to note about April in Australia is the end of Daylight Savings Time. Also called “summer time”, Daylight Savings Time ends on the first Sunday in April. It is recognized in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania. Daylight Savings Time is not recognized across the country, including places such as Queensland, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory.
Where to Go in April
Many people travel in April to attend annual events and festivals. Whether you go to Sydney for the Royal Easter Show or to Canberra to participate in Anzac Day celebrations, travellers will find a long list of things to do and entertainment for the family. Beyond the city events, many people choose to travel for relaxation during Holy Week. When the kids have time off from school, it is easy to plan a holiday away from home.
If you’re looking to travel to places that are low in rainfall, good destinations for April travel include Adelaide, Melbourne, Alice Springs, and Perth. Mild temperatures (and cool evenings) make April a particularly lovely time to get away from home for a few days with family or friends.